The 2019 NFL Draft is officially over, and there were many exciting moments. Some teams made big splashes, while others quietly went about their business.
The Seattle Seahawks, who started the draft with 5 picks, but ended up selecting 11 prospects. A draft class cannot be truly graded until several years down the road when these kids have a chance to shine under the bright lights. Only time will tell if each prospect becomes a star or a bust. However, for the purposes of this article, I will attempt to grade each pick based on what we have seen from each player so far.
1.) L.J Collier, DE, TCU (29th Overall)
I personally like this pick. After trading Frank Clark to the Chiefs, the Seahawks pick up a player who will help fill the gaping hole that was created by Clark’s departure. Throughout his four years as a Horned Frog, L.J Collier racked up 82 tackles, including 20.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks. He also hauled in one interception. He also had a knack for showing up when his team needed him most. At 6-4, 273lbs, Collier doesn’t boast the most ideal frame. He can play multiple roles, albeit he is a master of none. It is also speculated that Seattle could have had him with a lower pick. As aforementioned, I am completely fine with this pick, as he fills a much needed position.
2.) Marquise Blair, S, Utah (47th Overall)
After Earl Thomas signed a 4-year, $55M contract with the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle was in need of more DB depth. The Seahawks addressed this need with the selection of Marquise Blair. Blair earned 106 tackles, 2 interceptions, and a forced fumble. He possesses the awareness and quickness to eventually become a starter. Blair is a hard-hitting safety, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Blair needs to be more disciplined. He fits the mold of a Seahawk defensive back perfectly. I view this pick as a bit of a stretch, however, Seattle could’ve selected LSU’s Greedy Williams (had they chosen to remain put instead of trading with Carolina) or Washington’s Taylor Rapp.
3.) D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss (64th Overall)
In what came as a shock to many 12 fans, Seattle traded UP with the Patriots in order to select D.K. Metcalf with the last pick of the second round. This is probably the fan favorite pick. The Seahawks find incredible value at pick No. 64 in Metcalf, who was projected in many mock drafts to hear his name called on day 1. The main concern with him is his route running ability. While at Ole Miss, Metcalf hauled in 67 receptions, including 14 touchdown grabs, and ran for 1,228 yards. He averaged an astonishing 18.3 yards per carry. Needless to say, Metcalf is a deep-ball threat. He will benefit from playing with Russell Wilson, who is an excellent deep-ball passer. This is personally one of my favorite picks in the entire draft.
4.) Cody Barton, LB, Utah (88th Overall)
Seattle decides to return to the Utes defense and selects Utah’s Cody Barton. Barton impressed many at the combine and performed well in the Senior Bowl. Barton had a nice collegiate career, racking up 235 tackles, including 24.5 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks. He also recorded 1 forced fumble, 3 recovered fumbles, and 1 interception. Barton has the ability to play at all three linebacker positions. He does show some stiffness while changing his direction. Overall, I believe that this is a solid pick for Seattle.
5.) Gary Jennings, WR, WVU (120th Overall)
Seattle’s first pick of day 3 is an intriguing pick for several reasons. With Doug Baldwin contemplating retirement, the Seahawks decide to draft another wide receiver in West Virginia’s Gary Jennings. As a Mountaineer, Jennings caught 168 passed, 17 for touchdowns, He also ran 2,294 yards, averaging 13.7 per carry. Jennings isn’t the most refined wide receiver in this year’s draft, but he is a proven playmaker. What makes this pick so interesting is his relationship with QB Russell Wilson. As stated in a tweet from the star quarterback, Russell Wilson and his dad coached his sister, as well as Jennings, in basketball when they were younger. They also attended the same school. You almost have to wonder if Seattle knew about this beforehand and decided to take him for that reason. This is one of my favorite picks that Seattle made. Having a pre-existing relationship with the quarterback might give him a leg up over his competition.
6.) Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest, (124th Overall)
Last season, Seattle allowed 51 sacks, which was the eighth-highest in the NFL. With that being said. Selecting an offensive lineman at some point in the draft makes sense. In Phil Haynes, the Seahawks are getting someone who can push anyone around. Haynes also has the ability to move from one defender to another. I believe that Haynes could potentially be a starter for this team. He ends up on the ground more than I would like and possibly has some conditioning issues. This is a decent pickup for Seattle and could become a draft day steal if he continues to develop at the next level.
7.) Ugochukwu Amadi, DB, Oregon (132nd Overall)
Seattle attempts to fortify their secondary with the selection of Oregon’s Ugochukwu Amadi. He had a productive career with the Ducks. While at Oregon, Amadi recorded 165 tackles, 8.5 for a loss, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles, and 9 interceptions. Of those 9 interceptions, Amadi intercepted three passes this past season and returned two of them for a touchdown. He doesn’t possess some of the lateral quickness that some of the other backs do, but I don’t believe that will be an issue. The Seahawks pick up another quality player that I believe will help them in the long run.
8.) Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington (142nd Overall)
With their next pick, Seattle chose to remain in the PAC-12 and selects Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven. Burr-Kirven leads the nation in tackles in 2018, recording 176 of them. During his entire tenure as a Husky, he racked up 338 tackles, 11.5 for a loss, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, and 3 recovered fumbles. Burr-Kirven was named PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year. The main problem with him is his size and block-shedding ability. As long as he has a solid defensive line, he can be very productive at the next level. At this point in time, however, I’m unsure if Seattle can provide that.
9.) Travis Homer, RB, Miami (204th Overall)
No Seattle draft class is complete without at least one running back. This year, the Seahawks decide on Miami’s Travis Homer. As a Hurricane, Homer was given 334 attempts, ran for 1,995 yards, and scored 12 touchdowns. He also caught the ball 37 times and scored one touchdown through the air. Homer is also an excellent pass protector. In Homer, the Seahawks are getting an explosive player; however, he has shown inconsistency in the inside running game. With the current state of Seattle’s offensive line, this issue will not be dealt with and improved upon.
10.) Demarcus Christmas, DT, FSU, (209th Overall)
With this pick, Seattle chose to invest in the defensive line by selecting Florida State’s Demarcus Christmas. While at Florida State, Christmas tackled someone 106 times, including 11.5 for a loss, and 3.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Christmas has shown flashes of what he is capable of but doesn’t show it often enough. Taking him here makes sense though, as this is the day where a team would normally take high-risk, high-reward prospects. If the Seahawks can develop his game, then Christmas will make a great addition to Seattle’s draft haul.
11.) John Ursua, WR, Hawaii (236th Overall)
For Seattle’s last pick of the draft, they traded back into the draft with the Jaguars to select Hawaii’s John Ursua. He had a great season last year; he hauled in 89 catches, ran for 1,343 yards, and scored 16 touchdowns. Those 16 touchdown receptions lead the FBS last season. He is older than most of the prospects at 25-years old, though. With Seattle selecting a third wide receiver, many are speculating that Doug Baldwin has indeed played his final game. If this happens to be the case, Seattle is taking the necessary precautions to ensure that they will have not have a significant decrease in wide receiver production. I believe this is a great pick for Seattle, as well as a great way to conclude their draft. Tyler Lockett, Metcalf, Jennings, Ursua, and possibly Baldwin could potentially become one of the most fearsome wide receiver groups in the NFL.